Auto Tune: “How Long Can She Last (Going That Fast)” by Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks

July 22nd, 2015 at 3:00pm

Driving, riding, roads and of course cars themselves have all been immortalized by writers, composers and musicians around the world. Auto Tune is our way to spotlight a unique transportation song to celebrate these “ridden” gems along with the artists or composers who crafted them. Some you may know, many we’re sure you don’t.

Webb_WilderFrom the moment I first heard the line in that deep Mississippi drawl, “her Daddy bought a baby blue Duster when she turned 17,” I was a Webb Wilder fan for life.

The Wilder persona was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi as part of a film project but then grew into a band and a rather successful one at that. No one is ever going to confuse Webb and U2, but with a portfolio of over ten albums, many of them devoted to original songs about cars or travel, how can you argue with a guy who bills himself as “The Last of the Full Grown Men.”

How Long Can She Last” comes from Webb’s very first album in the late ‘80s called “It Came From Nashville,” but don’t let that title confuse you. This music is full-throttle rock n’ roll with maybe a little southern seasoning. You just might want to “pick up on it” as Webb says. Then again after a few listens you just may want to memorize the Webb Wilder Credo yourself.

“Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard, grow big, wear glasses if you need ‘em.”

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

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